17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18 And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith he said, "Man, your sins are forgiven you." 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, "Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?" 22 When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, "Why do you question in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Rise and walk?' 24 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" --he said to the man who was paralyzed-- "I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home." 25 And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on which he lay, and went home, glorifying God. 26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today."
Life is filled with joy and pain. There are moments which were once painful have become joyful seeing the fruits of such act or of its consequences and some joyful moments have become painful in later days. In Christ there is no such change. All those who meet Him in person, He does this marvellous miracle of purifying the person, than the body. This purification of the person transform not only the person, but all those who are attached to him/her.
To profit this transformation, it is important that we approach Him with humility and sincere heart. Yesterday I have proposed ‘conversion’ as a theme for the week. Today I would like to add with this ‘hope’ because they are closely related and inter linked. We approach Jesus with hope that He may touch us and heal us.
This healing is possible only if we are ready to receive and welcome it. Just like the rain which flows, if not received in a right way, we can’t profit from this generous gift of God. Many such gifts of God got wasted because our incapacity to receive and welcome. Like these elites of the society who not only refused this forgives, but also saw in this goodness of Jesus, something against God, we may too end up in such situation, if we don’t get converted with the hope in the merciful love of the Father. We may see in the goodness what is bad and in what is bad something wonderful. Let us not give chance to the devil to disorient us.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
Jesus heals spiritually and physically, by Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD)
"When the Savior says to him, 'Man, your sins are forgiven you,' he addresses this to humankind in general. For those who believe in him, being healed of the diseases of the soul, will receive forgiveness of the sins which they formerly committed. He may also mean this: 'I must heal your soul before I heal your body. If this is not done, by obtaining strength to walk, you will only sin more. Even though you have not asked for this, I as God see the maladies of the soul which brought on you this disease.'" (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILY 12)